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ITALY

Italy has a bicameral Parliament (Chamber of Deputies and Senate), a separate judiciary, and an executive branch composed of a Council of Ministers (cabinet) which is headed by the president of the council (prime minister). The president of the republic is elected for 7 years by the Parliament sitting jointly with a small number of regional delegates. The president nominates the prime minister, who chooses the other ministers. The Council of Ministers--in practice composed mostly of members of Parliament--must retain the confidence of both houses.
CURRENT GOVERNMENT
President Ciampi, Carlo Azeglio
Prime Minister Berlusconi, Silvio
Dep. Prime Minister Fini, Gianfranco
Under Sec. for the Cabinet Letta, Gianni
Min. of Agriculture Alemanno, Giovanni
Min. of Communications Gasparri, Maurizio
Min. of Cultural Heritage Urbani, Giuliano
Min. of Defense Martino, Antonio
Min. of Economy Tremonti, Giulio
Min. of Education Moratti, Letizia
Min. of Environment Matteoli, Altero
Min. of Equal Opportunity Prestigiacomo, Stefania
Min. of European Union Policy Buttiglione, Rocco
Min. of Foreign Affairs Frattini, Franco
Min. of Health Sirchia, Gerolamo
Min. of Infrastructure & Transportation Lunardi, Pietro
Min. of Innovation & Technology Stanca, Lucio
Min. of Interior Pisanu, Giuseppe
Min. of Italians Abroad Tremaglia, Mirko
Min. of Justice Castelli., Roberto
Min. of Labor & Welfare Maroni, Roberto
Min. of Productive Activities Marzano, Antonio
Min. of Public Administration & Security Mazzella, Luigi
Min. of Reform & Devolution Bossi, Umberto
Min. of Regional Affairs La Loggia, Enrico
Min. of Relations with Parliament Giovanardi, Carlo Amedeo
Pres. of the Chamber of Deputies Casini, Pier Ferdinando
Pres. of the Senate Pera, Marcello
Governor, Bank of Italy Fazio, Antonio
Ambassador to the US Vento, Sergio
Permanent Representative to the UN, New York Spatafora, Marcello